The second edition of using drafted teams for the NFL Pro Bowl and the first on the mainland in five years turned out to be a good show as Michael Irvin's squad defeated Cris Carter's team 32-28.
Each playing in their third consecutive Pro Bowl, J.J. Watt and Duane Brown were on Team Carter with Watt winning Defensive MVP honors and Brown playing the bulk of the offensive snaps alternating between right and left tackle.
Watt had big plays to end the first half and begin the second to help him win the post game honor.
With time running out in the second quarter and Team Irvin threatening near the goal line, he intercepted a Mathew Stafford pass to save a touchdown. Then, at the start of the second half, he recovered a fumble to set up a Team Carter score on Greg Olsen's second touchdown catch of the night.
"The Pro Bowl is all about fun." Watt said after the game. "Obviously we would have liked to get the win."
Duane Brown agreed. "The game was extremely competitive. The most I've seen in a long time. We came out on the losing end but it was a great experience."
"It's cool to have a sold out stadium here in Arizona." Said Watt "The people here treated us very well. Being able to go to Luke Air force Base and see the military, doing a Play 60 event. It's a lot of fun for us and the fans."
The game was filled with Pro Bowl adjustments with 4-3 defenses only, no blitzing, two minute warnings and end switches at the end of each quarter and also uprights that were 14 feet apart instead of 18.
That last one was a problem for Team Irvin kicker Adam Vinitieri who missed two 35 yard extra points (the same length as the first two preseason games in 2014) and a 38 yard field goal. But he made his last extra point after Team Irvin's go ahead score, pushing the lead to four and forcing the Carter team to try for a late touchdown they could not get.
Texans players J.J. Watt and Duane Brown competed at the Pro Bowl.